From Your Bones

by Briar Rabbit

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released January 21, 2014

All Songs written by Briar Rabbit
Produced By Josh Moshier
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered By Michael Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs
Additional Editing by Patrick DeWitte

Briar Rabbit: Guitar and Vocals
Josh Moshier: Keys, Organ, and Piano
Patrick Dinnen: Bass on tracks 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
Dan Ingenthron: Bass on tracks 1, 2, 3
Katie Ernst: Bass on tracks 4 & 8 and Vocals on Track 1 & 4
Quin Kirchner: Drums except track 1
Matt Margeson: Drums on track 1
Jeff Parker: Guitar on Tracks 5, 7, 8, 10

Photos by Cynthia L. Hunt
Layout by James T Green

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Briar Rabbit Chicago, Illinois

A 2013 International Songwriting Competition winner & B.B. King's Nephew, Briar Rabbit believes pop music and intelligent lyrics are not mutually exclusive

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Track Name: So Long
I've been talking to a dial tone for too long now
Suspending disbelief and tuning logic out
So fed up with the fiction I stick to with conviction
Misery is not for me

So long
It's time that both your ghost and I move on

So sick of scanning every public place for your face
just in case you decide to show up unannounced
As if we mapped and divvied up this town when it ended
This hell I propel has to end

We fell in love and fell apart
I kept the pieces in a broken heart
It's hard but there's piece of mind
Knowing somewhere in the city theres a scar that matches mine
Track Name: Indian Summer
I had given into fall, put all my shirts away
I made my preparations for my hibernation
I made peace with getting cold, kept things so casual
Then in you come, Indian Summer

Oh well I guess that's how this type of thing goes

Slow and steady wins a race
and I'm finally keeping pace
With a desperate athlete's faith
My love, you taught me not to leap
But you caught me talking in my sleep
My best intentions always get the best of me

I've been waiting on you like a bus in the rain
Soaked to the bone but so glad you came

As the lightening lit the room, I never felt so nude
So I pressed my lips against your flesh
to prove myself to you
Because the fact is my past was practice
and each love was a direction on a map that led to

"Oh darlin, I know. That's why I told you hold me close"

Then you looked into my eyes like they were crystal balls
Like they contained all there was to see
and I heard a grown man, tell the kid inside of me
it's time for you to leave

I've been waiting on you like a bus in the rain
soaked to the bone but so glad you came.
Track Name: Sleepwalking
I've never been very fond of listening to the odds
They've got a false sense of authority
I could spend my entire life overdosing on advice
But I just gotta know what I can be
So the only choice left for me
is fly or hit the cold concrete

I am sleep walking on a wire please don't wake me up
Because the fall has killed better men than me
I'll show you grace
Just let me dream

Oh love I know the money's tight
But I swear that I will do you right
Please just put away your guillotine
I understand you've got your reasons
Cause you've loved kings and felt their treason
But babe I swear that blade aint meant for me
Cause the embers in my chest glow brighter
and now I'm breathing fire

Face to face with my own faith
in a delicate dance nobody sees
I feel her hips sway in my inky hands
then the glass runs out of sand
Track Name: Bothered No More
It's been a minute or two since I thought about you
The idea of us feels hypothetical
Moments we shared that were broken repair
They carry no weight
They carry no water

It took me a while to see what you did to me
Carried your words in my head for a century
Till I looked down and found they were still there
But I can't bring myself to be bothered no more

I was distracted and proud (I kept everything loud)
No wonder I missed the sound of a burglary
Losing my mind over my misplaced pride
who thought I could find it in your bony fingers

It took me a while to see what you did to me
Carried your words in my head for a century
Till I looked down and found they were still there
But I can't bring myself to be bothered no more

I'm sorry I wasted the time with bricks on my spine
they make terrible company
Dear, your burdens belong on your back and realizing that
brought me right back

It took me a while to see what you did to me
Carried your words in my head for a century
Till I looked down and found they were still there
But I can't bring myself to be bothered no more

This is as close as I get to checking in
I hope you're alright
I hope you're still breathing
Track Name: Gifted Girl Blues
I found the poetry you keep in your breast
Next to all the quarantined dreams you had
So I strip down, I took a breath and sank beneath
The water line and when I opened my eyes
I could have cried

Ever since the age of six you learned to keep it in
Curly hair and off-white skin, checked boxes that never quite fit
But you bit down and took a breath and found a grin
You said "being brave is a choice we make"
You never said it was easy

Haunted tales you seldom tell turn fingers into fist
Heartless, Spineless, Faceless figures make my mind violent
But you calm me down, tell me "They're not around
besides, it's been years
there are things in this house we just don't talk about"
then something in your voice shatters

When you go there
You bury despair like a seed
Don't you dare sit under that tree

Come sit with me
Track Name: Invisible
I tried to subscribe to a life that's not mine
Serving purposes that don't serve me
Where your head goes here and your heart goes there
The twain shall never meet
cause if they did you might fly higher yeah
You might catch fire

Why am I invisible when I'm not puttin on a show?
Why do I see myself through all these eyes they're not my own
Some days I wonder if it shows

I caught myself mid escape from a feeling of fate
that little voice that don't stop talkin till it sees
What's on the other side, what happens if I really try?
The little traitor turned his volume up and took the fader

I got a bottle of success on the shelf
It is corked with patience
My shakin hands beggin me to celebrate
But in my right mind, I'm just waiting on the right occasion
to seize

Cause I feel so invisible when I'm not putting on a show
Track Name: Bad Blood
My love she always talks
But she don't always use her lips
Sometimes she talks with her hands
and some nights she talks with her hips
But lately, I don't understand
cause her messages often conflict
"Everythings fine" is promptly undermined
by a cold stiff goodnight kiss

So tell me where to go
When the bad blood starts to flow

My god, all I gots my word
and I feel like a fool since I gave it to her
"Taking it slow" means that she runs the show
and I sit in the dark till the curtain is closed

Oh just tell me where she goes
When the bad blood starts to flow
God, where'd she go?

Well mariage was never framed
and hung up inside of her home
It was more like a ball and a chain
with a warden whose kisses were stone
So when I got it stuck in my brain
that "I love you. Forever." was more than a phrase
I couldn't have been more wrong
All I got was a year and a handful of songs

God, I wish I'd known where to go
when the bad blood started to flow
Because now we have to pretend
that we are strangers again
Track Name: From Your Bones
Who are you and what'd you do with someone that I love?
What slithered in your ear and turned your head against your soul?
I see a brilliant beast talked into a cage
with so much there to give but all of it contained

Don't you know you built this house from your bones?
Now you're shaking over things that don't exist till your eyes close

Who stole your roar?
Who pulled your teeth?
Who shaved your mane and said you shouldn't eat meat?

There's an actor out there somewhere, he hasn't found his crowd
So at night he screams in showers trying to replicate the sound
His friends phone frequently but secrets keep him hoarse
Rejection takes its course, he checks his messages and someone says

Don't you know you built this house from your bones?
And the you that I once knew had a will that shattered stones.

Who stole your roar?
Who pulled your teeth?
Who shaved your mane and said you shouldn't eat meat?

It wasn't me

I don't have the answers, I don't know what I would do
All I got is time and ears and confidence in you
Track Name: Lock Up Before You Leave
Darlin, lock up before you leave
I can't have no one comin in
Can't go through this again
So darlin, lock up before you leave

I didn't believe in much but I believed in us
So much so, I even brought you home
Where everyone agreed, that you would make good family
and though it never happen they're not wrong

In your living room, I said goodbye to you
and all your words were clinical and cold
The only way you know to hide
a pain that don't subside
Is to twist the tale the way you need it told

And in the barracks of my brain
There's a voice that screams in vain
It's pleading for some sort of amnesty
I tell it "I don't like a war anymore than you
but it's the only way we'll ever make it through"
Track Name: Crooked Teeth
When I awoke, I was lying in the sand
with a hole in front of me
Bout the size of my head
I brushed off my beard,
Wiped a tear and took one last look at the sea
Then walked home from the beach

Who knew
You could lose yourself so quickly
In a few short years
You hear someone else's words
in your mouth as you speak
But they fit like crooked teeth

I'm mad at myself for believing the ink
thinking and dreaming aloud
letting my feet leave the ground
and ending up here
where it's clear that I took it too far
and some love is better left at the bar

But you're just like me love
You're just like me
You hate being wrong
about anything

So we had to pretend this was something so grand
Our heavy hearts and scars were part of the plan
We lied to you love, we lied to me